ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES
You can almost reach out and touch the sockeye at the Ballard Locks fish ladder, they're so close. Jay Wells, program director of visitor services, discuss the return of sockeye salmon to people who gathered Friday afternoon. The run began two weeks ago and is expected to peak in the first two weeks of July with a total of around 96,000 returning from the Pacific Ocean to fresh water beginning at the locks, then Lake Washington and the Cedar River watershed. The returning salmon represent the one out of every 1,000 eggs that make it full circle. The visitor center offers tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.